If you are looking for a family meal that is simple and delicious, these cheesy Gluten Free Meatballs without Breadcrumbs are just perfect. Made without egg, these meatballs are kid-friendly, keto, and easy to make. You can even finish them in the slow cooker!
Gluten Free Meatballs without Breadcrumbs Deserve to Become a Habit
I always love this time of year when the weather finally cools off enough that I can enjoy comfort food.
Does it get any more comforting than Spaghetti and Meatballs?
Today, I've got Gluten Free Meatballs that the whole family is going to love.
I promise you won't miss the gluten. Or the eggs!
The secret weapon? Cheese.
It is no secret that I love cheese.
It makes everything better!
It also helps you skip the eggs and breadcrumbs and still have a gluten free meatball that holds together and is delicious.
Will Meatballs Fall Apart Without Breadcrumbs?
Meatballs will fall apart more easily without breadcrumbs. However, you can easily make meatballs without breadcrumbs using the proper method.
The key is to brown them on the stovetop so that a crust forms and then to fully cook them in the oven before adding them to your sauce.
Will Meatballs Fall Apart Without Breadcrumbs?
If you have a slow cooker with a browning function, brown them in the slow cooker and then cover with marinara and cook on low for 2 to 4 hours.
Because you are adding the sauce before the meatballs are cooked through, they will be more likely to fall apart using this method. The key is to make sure that you have a nice brown crust before adding the sauce.
- For spicer breadcrumbs, add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper.
- Add in ½ cup fresh chopped basil and parsley.
- Add ½ cup each of chopped onion and mushrooms.
- Saute 5 ounces of baby spinach. Chop. Press through a fine strainer to remove moisture. Add to the meat mixture.
- Serve over zucchini noodles or cooked spaghetti squash.
- Serve over mashed cauliflower.
- Use in Meatball Subs.
- Use to make Meatball Pizza
Tools to Make Gluten Free Meatballs:
How to Make Meatballs without Breadcrumbs
Here is a visual step by step, or you can go to the recipe card to get the complete recipe and measurements.
1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Form your meatballs.
3. Cook the meatballs in a skillet until a crust forms.
4. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until cooked through. (About 15 minutes.)
5. Once the meatballs are cooked through you can add sauce.
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- Slow Cooker Chipotle Meatballs are ridiculously flavor-packed and work just as well as an appetizer as they do for a main course.
Gluten Free Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 ½ cups Asiago cheese aged
- 2 tablespoon minced garlic more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- Avocado oil for cooking
- Pasta Marinara and Zucchini Noodles for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine ground beef, Asiago cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Form into meatballs. (I used a 2 tablespoon measure.)
- Heat a small amount of avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the meatballs, working in batches until browned on all sides.
- Transfer to a baking sheet, and cook for 15 minutes, until cooked through.
More Gluten Free Recipes With Beef to Try:
- This Keto Meatloaf is cheesy and so delicious! You will want to make it again and again.
- Ground Beef and Broccoli is a gluten-free and dairy-free meal that never gets old.
These Gluten Free Meatballs look so delicious and easy to make. I am always looking for new gluten free recipes to try. I will have to add this recipe to my meal plan for next week.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
Those meatballs sound so good! The best thing about these is that they can be used in so many different dishes or just as an appetizer.
You know, I didn't know until recently that most meatballs aren't gluten free. I never once thought about the gluten of the breadcrumbs.
The best thing you can ever put in meatballs is cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Om nom nom.
This looks very good. I will be sharing this with my friend who has a son who cannot eat items with gluten in them.
This really looks delicious! I prefer healthy recipe and this is perfect! I'll have to try this.
Oh wow! It's interesting to know these cheese facts. I also love cheese and pasta and would like to try this recipe!
Those are two of my favorite cheeses as well. My best friend is gluten-free and I'll be visiting her right after the new year. I'll have to make these for her.
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We love cheese too. My youngest loves spaghetti and meatballs so I ended up buying the ones in the freezer section. I wasn't super impressed but it made my son happy so I was all for it. Your meatballs sound so much better. Plus, who can pass up cheese? 🙂
I have a warm spot in my heart for cheese too. This meatball recipe sounds delicious and I can see myself making it.
These look really yummy and I am totally a fan of the fact that they are also Gluten Free.
These meatballs sound super yummy! I will have to try them for myself soon!! YUM!!
Im not sure why people think GRAIN is necessary for meatballs! THEY TASTE AMAZING without bread crumbs!!
I think that since years ago ground beef was fatty unlike today. I think the breadcrumbs were to help absorb the excess fat so the balls would not fall apart. The egg was also to give them extra "hold". That's my guess anyway.
I will have to try this. I would never have thought of using cheese to put together these meatballs like this. I do think this would make for a delicious meatball though, and you might get a little bit of crunch with it as well.
These meatballs look awesome and I love learning a bit more about cheese, too 🙂 The more cheese, the better!!
The nutritional information doesn’t say how many meatballs are in a serving. It would be helpful to know this especially because it seems to contain a high amount of fat & sodium as currently listed.
That would depend on how big you make them! If you are carefully tracking, weight your meat and divide it into 6 portions and then you will know exactly the nutrients for each. I don't fear good fat, as long as I am having it with vegetables rather than lots of carbs.